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H&F’s first Library of Things set to save residents money

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Image captionImage 1: Coming to W6 this summer - H&F’s borrowing-rather-than-buying initiative ‘Library of Things’. Source: Eddie Hamilton, Seymourpowell

Hammersmith & Fulham’s first Library of Things is going to open its doors in June 2022.

Located in Hammersmith’s new Livat shopping mall, the new community space will help inspire local people to borrow at a low cost rather than buy new things and have a real impact locally.

Ahead of the Library’s arrival, residents were invited to an online info and Q&A session.

Watch the Q&A recording

Speakers included officers from H&F Council’s Climate Unit as well as representatives from the Library of Things, ready to take questions on what items will be offered and how residents can get involved.

“Borrowing is a great way for people to save money while helping reduce waste at the same time,” said Emma Shaw, Co-Founder of Library of Things.

“We’ve had lots of interest in Library of Things from Hammersmith residents and organisations – so we’re excited that they’ll soon be able to borrow quality items like Bosch drills, Kärcher pressure washers and STIHL hedge trimmers for a few pounds per day. This is an important step for Library of Things, as we expand our work to create a community-led circular economy in neighbourhoods across London.”

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Image caption: Image 2: Hammersmith’s first Library of Things will have its home at the Livat shopping centre (next to Ikea)

Something for everyone

Designed to help establish a borrowing culture in the borough, the Library will provide a wallet-friendly, convenient and trusted way for residents to rent household items they don’t often use.

No matter if it’s cooking equipment, gardening tools or camping essentials they’re on the lookout for.

Things like drills, carpet cleaners, tents and pasta makers will be available to hire for only a few pounds a day with 25 per cent concession rates offered to anyone who feels it would help them.

The Library exclusively works with manufacturers and top brands, offering high-quality products that are built to last.

Climate emergency

As well as saving money and cutting household clutter, reducing the items we buy new can help reduce waste and tackle the climate emergency.

A recommendation from H&F’s resident-led Climate and Ecological Emergency Commission, our Library rollout is only one of the actions we’re taking to empower residents to make more sustainable choices about the things they use.

Read more about H&F’s chart-topping Climate Strategy or sign up for our Climate Connects e-newsletter today.